Dominating: South Milwaukee Football Team Moves To 5-0 With Big Win Over Greenfield

In a battle for the top of the Woodland Conference, it wasn’t much of a contest.

South Milwaukee rolled past Greenfield, 42-7, Friday night at Spaltholz Field to move to 5-0.

The stats are impressive …

Ian Pribyl had 220 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Justin Oliden completed 15 of 19 passes for 185 yards, three touchdowns — two to Mitchell Dess — and no interceptions.

Check out some highlights from WISN here, and follow the team on its website.

Just three more regular-season games remain before the Rockets roll into the WIAA playoffs.

Next up: at Shorewood this Friday night.

Then it’s Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 3, against Cudahy — the official kickoff to Rocketober!

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Making A Difference: South Shore Chamber Honors Sorce Martial Arts

20140918_203629Congratulations to Sorce Martial Arts, one of three businesses honored at Thursday night’s South Shore Chamber of Commerce first-annual Awards Dinner.

It is a well-deserved honor for Pete Sorce (pictured with me and his wife, Rachel), who shared the story about how he realized a lifelong dream of opening his downtown studio. (Indeed, ask him sometime about how he drew his first construction plans for a studio before he was teenager.)

We’re lucky to have him and his business literally at the crossroads of South Milwaukee. Pete has made more than an investment in his building. He continues to invest in the community — and change lives.

The other two honorees at the banquet at the Pulaski Inn were Greg’s True Value in St. Francis and Angelic Bakehouse in Cudahy. Congratulations to them as well.

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Big Start For SMPAC’s Performing Arts Series

pas-960x400-01The 10th anniversary season of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center promises to be a special one.

Its Performing Arts Series starts this Saturday, as Davell Crawford and His New Orleans Creole Jazz Men come to town for a night of jazz. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are still available.

From the SMPAC website

A rare breed of artist, Davell Crawford is a musicians’ musician, an artists’ artist. He lives firmly by his affection for New Orleans music, which is showcased in his latest undertaking, “Davell Crawford and His New Orleans Creole Jazz Men.” Specializing in New Orleans Traditional Jazz from the early 20th century, Davell on piano is accompanied by the instrumentation of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, slide trombone, banjo, upright bass and drums, performing material such as Twelfth Street Rag, Muskrat Ramble, High Society, Tiger Rag, Milenberg Joys, Margie, Tailgate Ramble and Royal Garden Blues. Almost all of the musicians in this band can trace their Louisiana musical heritage back generations to the originators, performers and celebrities of this music.

Check out the full season event schedule here.

Please support this local treasure!

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Report Cards Out: South Milwaukee Schools Meet Expectations

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions is out with its 2013-14 school and school district report cards.

The verdict for South Milwaukee? The district as a whole solidly “meets expectations” with a score of 68.9.

As for individual schools …

  • Blakewood exceeds expectations, with a score of 74.5.
  • E.W. Luther meets expectations, with a score of 70.1
  • Rawson meets expectations, with a score of 68.1.
  • Lakeview meets expectations, with a score of 63.7.
  • South Milwaukee Middle School meets expectations, with a score of 67.9.
  • South Milwaukee High School meets expectations, with a score of 69.2.

You can search for report cards by district here. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal offer some context.

Of course, the best context is what you see with your own eyes. And, as the parent of a Rawson first- and fourth-grader, I see a school (and school district) committed to first-class education.

We should all be proud of our South Milwaukee schools.

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Drexel Town Square Update

Big progress being made in this transformative Oak Creek development …

Check out photos from the Business Journal here.

I’m excited about this development. Projects like this will lift the entire South Shore, including our fair city.

I can’t wait to see it open.

(Here is the Drexel Town Square website.)

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Fitness Challenge Kickoff Event Set For Saturday

There is still plenty of time to sign up for the South Suburban Mayors’ Fitness Challenge.

Please do so here … and consider stopping by the Challenge kickoff event at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Oak Creek East Middle School, 9330 S. Shepard Ave.

Even if you can’t take part, there are PLENTY of other opportunities to get fit this fall. The Challenge Facebook page has more information on upcoming events, including joining specials for South Shore YMCA, a weight loss workshop in Oak Creek and a Fall Zumbathon for Human Concerns at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Blakewood School.

I’ll keep you posted on the blog with regular updates, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments or concerns. I’m looking forward to getting fit!

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South Milwaukee Sports Update: Big Football Game This Friday Vs. Greenfield

From the school district …


The Rockets improved to 4-0 on a rainy cold Friday night after a 13-6 win over Whitnall.

Justin Oliden (12) threw a 60-yd TD pass to Mitchell Dess (12) and Dess also picked off a Whitnall pass late in the game to help to seal the victory. This was a defensive battle and Coach Morse’s defense held the Falcons to 18 yards rushing. Joey Nelson (11) led the way on defense with 9 tackles and Mike Kowalski (11) had 2 sacks

The Rockets next game is this Friday at Spaltholz Field with kickoff at 7:00pm. The 4-0 Rockets will take on the 3-1 Greenfield Hawks in a key Woodland East showdown.

Friday forecast – High of 70 and sunny!


The Rockets hosted their 8th annual Rocket Relays on Saturday and tied for 3rd place as a team! Great job by Coach Sarah Nowak and Coach Kasia Brzezicka and all of the Rocket swimmers & divers!

  • New Berlin Eisenhower 324
  • Franklin 254
  •  South Milwaukee 242
  •  Oak Creek 242
  •  Wauwatosa West 226
  •  Greenfield 202
  •  Racine Park 164
  •  Racine Horlick 158
  •  Greendale 148
  •  St. Thomas More/St. Francis 100
  • Cudahy 98
  •  Kenosha Bradford 62

1st Place in the 400 yd Individual Medley Relay (4:50.05)

  • Holliday, Alexis 10
  • Bocek, Haille 11
  • Uehling, Eryka 10
  • Bellis, Zoe 10

3rd Place in the 300 yd Backstroke Relay (3:36.46)

  • Conner, Morgan 9
  • Thayer, Mackenzie 9
  • Reed, Christine 11
  • Bocek, Haille 11

4th Place in the 850 yd Freestyle Crescendo Relay (9:28.54 26)

  • Bellis, Zoe 10
  • Uehling, Eryka 10
  • Swanson, Natalie 12
  • Holliday, Alexis 10

4h Place in the 400 yd Freestyle Relay (4:21.04)

  • Thayer, Mackenzie 9
  • Hernandez, Vanessa 9
  • Halama, Taylor 12
  • Uehling, Eryka 10

Results from 9/10/14 Dual Meet

South Milw Rockets defeated St. Thomas More/St. Francis on Wednesday!

Varsity Score was 39 STM/SF vs 134 SM.  The JV score was 29 STM/SF vs 103 SM.

200yd Medley relay

  • Haille Bocek, Zoe Bellis, Emma Hernandez, Taylor Halama took 1st with a time of 2:15.29
  • Mackenzie Thayer, Melanie Zabler, Kourtney Kaszuba, Morgan Conner took 2nd with a time of 2:27.69

200yd Freestylers: Alexis Holliday took 1st with a time of 2:10.87 and Natalie Swanson took 2nd with a time of 2:24.61.

200yd I.M.: Haille Bocek took first with a time of 2:41.59, Vanessa Hernandez took 2nd with a time of 3:01.53

50yd Freestylers: Zoe Bellis took 1st with a time of 27.20, Taylor Halama took 2nd with a time of 29.99

Diving: Allison Osell took 1st with a score of 184.60

100yd Fly: Emma Hernandez took 1st with a time of 1:30.92

100yd Freestyle: Natalie Swanson took 1st with a time of 1:04.77, Natalie Swanson took 2nd with a time of 1:05.99

500yd Freestyle: Alexis Holliday took 1st with a time of 5:38.07, Kelly Mildebrandt took 2nd with a time 6:34.28

200yd Freestyle Relays

  • Taylor Halama, Natalie Swanson, Alexis Holliday, Zoe Bellis, took 1st with a time of 1:54.11
  • Vanessa Hernandez, Kelly Mildebrandt, Grace Schneider, Emma Hernandez took 2nd with a time of 2:09.04

100yd Backstroke: Haille Bocek took 1st with a time of 1:12.75, Mackenzie Thayer took 2nd with a time of 1:15.36

100yd Breaststroke: Zoe Bellis took 1st with a time of 1:19.42, McKenzie Halwas (STM/SF) took 2nd with a time of 1:27.69

400yd Freestyle Relays

  • Mackenzie Thayer, Haille Bocek, Natalie Swanson, Alexis Holliday took 1st with a time of 4:20.93
  • Emma Hernandez, Vanessa Hernandez, Kelly Mildebrandt, Morgan Conner took 2nd with a time of 4:43.66


The 34th Annual Rocket Invite Cross Country was held at Grant Park last Saturday. As usual Coach Druckrey, Coach Watson, Coach Hiegel, Coach Oelschlager, and Coach Miller ran a fantastic meet! Great job by the Rockets!

The individual champion on the boys side was Josh Janusiak (12). Maddie Wood (10) took 2nd overall for the girls. Good luck on Saturday at the Racine St. Catherine’s Meet at UW-Parkside!

Boys Varsity (115 runners total)

1, Joshua Janusiak SR 16:03

13 Jordan Janusiak FR 16:49

14 Chris Sobczak SO 16:49

41 Justin Weber JR 17:43

75 Damon Dettmann SR 18:28

86 Wyatt Schlager FR 18:47

87 Sam Zakovich SR 18:48

Girls Varsity (95 runners total)

2 Maddie Wood SO 19:16

28 Rebecca Heller JR 21:13

45 Samantha Meszaros SR 22:01

53 Alex Krane FR 22:23

60 Madeline Smith SO 22:47

70 Rebecca Schoenike SR 23:26

Boys JV (257 runners total)

44 Andrew Gargulak JR 19:36

47 Andrew Wimmer SR 19:39

57 Nick Schultz SR 19:56

80 Aaron Sowinski SO 20:33

99 Ethan Lentz FR 21:17

108 Danny Rolefson SO 22:16

110 Max Moran FR 22:20

Girls JV (181 runners total)

117 Hannah Breher FR South Milwaukee 26:41.29

119 Melissa Merkel SO South Milwaukee 26:51.15

166 Alexis Evert FR South Milwaukee 30:53.23

168 Jordan Barnes JR South Milwaukee 31:03.15


The Rockets took first place at the Riverside HS Varsity Invitational last night! In doing so they avenged a close loss to Brown Deer from last week by defeating Brown Deer not once but twice to win the tournament! Congratulations Rocket Girls’ Volleyball!!

Good luck today at Greenfield to the freshmen, JV & Varsity teams!

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